Kaseem Wilson Looking To Give
Henry Crawford His First Loss


By Tim Donaldson


This Saturday night, at the Prudential Center, Kaseem Wilson and Henry Crawford will be fighting on the Adamek, Gunn undercard. For those of you who follow boxing in Philadelphia, you might know Kaseem. He has the same team as Mike Jones, managers Doc Nowicki and Jim Williams, as well as trainer Vaughn Jackson. Not only do they have the same team but also both are welterweights and both debuted the same night. But don’t look for any type of rivalry here. Kaseem says that he is glad to see that Mike is doing well. And Kaseem is doing quite well himself. In his last fight, he knocked out Louie Leija in the first round.

But things have not always been easy for Kaseem. In August of 2007, Kaseem lost a fight to Russell Jordan. That loss, along with personal problems, led to a layoff of almost a year and a half. In December of 2008, Kaseem came back into the ring, and since that time he has had three convincing wins.

Henry Crawford, however, is not Louie Leija. He is undefeated and is more experienced in the ring than Kaseem. Crawford has a total of 22 professional fights to Kaseem’s 14. Neither of these things bothers Kaseem. He tells me that experience is not a problem. Although Kaseem admits that this will be a much harder fight than his last, he is sure he can win because Crawford does not have much of an arsenal. He tells me that Crawford has a “good right hand, and that’s all he’s got. Take that away, and I should win.”

That’s the game plan. Kaseem is planning on out-boxing Crawford, taking away his right. He is prepared to go the distance with Crawford. “If it comes, it comes,” he says about the possibility of a knock out. But if he has to fight all eight rounds, that should not be a problem either. And his manager Doc Nowicki points out one other thing that might be a problem for Crawford. Kaseem is a southpaw, and he is the first southpaw that Crawford will be facing as a professional.

So Kaseem is going into this fight looking to accomplish one thing. He wants to give Crawford his first loss. And he wants his fans to be ready. As he says, “Be ready for a good fight. I am going to give it all I got.”